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Award-winning folk trio The Young’uns on tour performing ‘The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff’, a suite of songs inspired by the International Brigades and named after the International Brigader who, like the group itself, hail from Stockton-on-Tees. Dates include:


Remembering the nearly 100 Basque refugee children in Wickham Market (Suffolk): jointly organised by Wickham Market Area Archive Centre and the BCA’37UK Basque Children’s association. Featuring the unveiling of a commemorative plaque, an exhibition and talks by historian Adrian Bell and Ed Packard (University of Suffolk). Wickham Market Village Hall, High Street, Woodbridge IP13 0HE from 11am-4pm. See: 

IBMT’s annual Len Crome Memorial Conference, with historians Professor Tom Buchanan and Dr Emily Mason speaking about:


Unveiling of International Brigade memorial in Leicester Market Place at 1pm, followed by music and food at Duffy’s Bar, Pocklingtons Walk, Leicester LE1 6BU. See

A celebration of the life of Rodney Bickerstaffe (1945-2017), trade unionist and founding Trustee and Patron of the IBMT. 1pm-4pm at Central Hall Westminster, Storey’s Gate, London SW1H 9NH. Organised by the Unison. Booking:

Unveiling of a memorial to the 12 International Brigade volunteers from Wigan; 12pm-1pm at Southside Gardens (between Wigan Town Hall, Library Street, Wigan WN1 1YN and Wigan International Swimming Pool). Followed by a reception at the Museum of Wigan Life, Library Street, Wigan WN1 1NU, including speakers, exhibition, buffet and music from Joe Solo and the Bolton Clarion Choir.

Commemoration of Spain’s Día de la República (Day of the Republic) and the International Brigades at 10am at the International Brigade plaque in St Thomas’ Peace Garden, Holloway Head, Birmingham B1 1JX. Contact:

Screening of the documentary ‘Vencidxs’ (Aitor Fernández, 2013) featuring testimonies of survivors of the Spanish Civil War; in Spanish with English subtitles. 6.30pm at the Instituto Cervantes, 326/30 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4FN. Part of the 2018 Docuforum season of films organised by the Marea Granate organisation of young Spanish migrants. Email:

Trip to the Ebro battlefield to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of the Ebro; organised by the Liverpool-based North West Trade Union International Committee. More information, including itinerary, booking onformation and cost is available here: Ebro itinerary.pdf

Carito y Marina: From Bilbao to Dartington’: a weekend of events, public discussions and exhibitions at Dartington Hall, Totnes TQ9 6EL, celebrating the lives and legacy of the Rodríguez sisters, Carito and Marina, who arrived in Britain as child refugees from the S

Rally and march organised by the Oxford International Brigade Memorial Committee and Oxford & District Trades Union Council.

Dr Javier Alcalde delivers the Annual Buchanan Lecture on ‘Transnational language and conflicting memories over the Spanish Civil War’; 4pm at University of Liverpool. More information:

Unveiling of Manchester City Council plaque commemorating Madge Addy, Spanish Civil War nurse and Special Operations Executive agent in occupied France during the Second World War; 1.30pm-2pm at 34 Manchester Road, Chorlton, Manchester M21 9PH. Social event from 2pm-4pm in the local library function room across the road.

‘The Basque Child Refugees from the Spanish Civil War - history and memory’: an afternoon of talks, plus ‘From Bilbao to Southampton to Salford’ an exhibition of work by Claire Hignett. 1.30pm–5.30pm in Building 6 and Level 4 Gallery, Hartley Library, Southampton University, University Road, Southampton.

IBMT's annual commemoration at the International Brigade memorial, located in Jubilee Gardens, on London’s Southbank, SE1. With music, spoken word and wreath-laying. Starts at 1pm and runs for about an hour. Followed by an informal social at a nearby pub. Details to follow.

Unveiling of a plaque in the municipal cemetery of El Perelló, near Tarragona, to mark the remains of two British Battalion members, John Ferguson and James Scott, in a mass grave where the bodies of many Spanish Republicans are also buried. The unveiling coincides with the 80th anniversary of the final action of the British Battalion in the Battle of the Ebro. More details, including confirmation of date, to follow.